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Cassie Holmes

2023 Speaker

CASSIE HOLMES is an award-winning professor of marketing and behavioral decision-making at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Holmes’ research examines how focusing on time (rather than money) increases happiness, how the meaning of happiness changes over the course of one’s lifetime, and how much happiness people enjoy from extraordinary versus ordinary experiences. Holmes’ ground-breaking book Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most is a bright, relatable guide to recharging and the ultimate antidote to overscheduling. Holmes’ research has been published in such top-tier academic journals as Psychological Science and the Journal of Consumer Research. Popular accounts of her work have been featured on NPR and appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Scientific American and the Boston Globe. Her research on “giving time” was featured in New York Times Magazine’s 32 Innovations that Will Change Your Tomorrow. Poets & Quants called her one of the Best 40 Business Professors Under 40, and received the Early Career Award for her distinguished scholarly contributions to her field from both the Association of Consumer Research and the Society of Consumer Psychology. Holmes was a tenured faculty member and award-winning teacher at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Columbia. She’s also a faculty affiliate with The UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute—an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the research, education, and practice of kindness.

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